Rye Knot Brown
COAST Brewing Company

Rye Knot BrownRye Knot Brown
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,506
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
94
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COAST Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  72
Gots
  10
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Rye Knot BrownRye Knot Brown
Notes: A full bodied dark brown ale. Intense malt character with a slight caramel sweetness. The chocolate and rye malts add to the rich roasted coffee notes.
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out darker than your average brown ale. It’s a very dark brown, hardly showing highlights. It forms one finger worth of very tightly packed, well held, peanut butter fudge colored crown. Almost porter like, but I love the crown and retention and it has nice lacing throughout. 4.25

The nose carries a mild, but silky milk chocolate with a spicy kick of rye underneath it for the whole ryed. (pun) Slight toffee and caramel notes as well. 3.75

The taste offers the milk chocolate again with the rye that isn’t too intense, but this has nice toasted bread layers. Honey black bread, toasted caramel and toffee finish. 3.5

The rye isn’t too intense in the mouthfeel either, while it does show its presence with a mild kick. Creamy, smooth, well carbonated and if we’re talking browns, which we are, full bodied. Very little bitterness and ABV not showing. 4.25

Overall, this isn’t really lacking anything and is a solid beer that has the edges rounded out. I would like a little more rye pronunciation myself though. 3.75

Mar 24, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can at Hudson’s, Hilton Head Island, SC

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty and chocolate analysts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark, nutty, and chocolate malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown Ale has nice strong flavors of nutty malts but also has complexity with the dark and chocolate malts.

Serving type: can

Jan 03, 2019
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fairly big creamy beige head. Excellent retention keeping a cap on the beer the whole way down with good chunky lacing.

Distinct nuttiness on the nose. A little bit of roasted malt and coffee as well with perhaps a touch of earthy bitterness.

Flavor starts out with more of a sweet chocolate flavor before really finishing very nutty and spicy. Combo of the grainy nut flavor along with rye is superb.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Well done by a brewer I've enjoyed in the past on a style that tends to be fairly even and boring. This one had some distinct characteristics and was a very pleasant beer to put down.

Feb 21, 2013
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 3-finger dense, creamy, foamy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and phenomenal lacing with sheets of foam running down the glass. This has some of the best head retention and lacing that I’ve seen in a long time.

S – Toasted, nutty, and caramel malts with a hint of spicy rye, as well. There might be a touch of the roasted coffee notes that the bottle talks about, but toasty and nutty malts dominate as they should in a beer like this.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel and chocolate flavors and progresses to more nutty and toasted notes at about mid-taste. A bit of roasted coffee bitterness and a definite rye spiciness can be appreciated at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky, creamy, and silky-smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Some roasted bitterness but mostly rye spiciness lingers on the tongue nicely.

O – This is a brilliantly crafted brew and a very interesting take on a brown ale. The appearance and mouthfeel are both phenomenal. The head characteristics are out of this world, and the mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. It is downright tasty, too. Adding some more roasted malts and some rye definitely set this beer apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. I’m not sure if it tastes any better or worse than beers of this caliber from the style; it’s just different. This is definitely a beer you should try to get your hands on.

Dec 08, 2012
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Jamesthebrit from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours more like a nitro stout than anything else. Huge cream head with very small bubbles. Color is very dark brown with a tinge of red.

S: Nutty... lighter than expected. Hard to define due to a bit of weakness. Malty.

T: Pretty solid. Good nut charachter. Malt comes through well. Balanced by some bitterness. Very earthy. A bit of smokiness.

M: A little light in body. Carbonation is moderately aggressive but not too bad. Bitter develops more than other flavors.

A pretty solid showing from COAST. Def not my favorite from them but a solid brew. One of the better nut browns I've had.... or it is knot brown? Nah it's pretty nutty. Worth checking out.

Nov 26, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Dirty brown pour, half finger of cream colored head. Retained pretty well, just slightly sticking to the glass.

Aroma, nutty, chocolatey, toasted malt. Some leather, peat, earthy/herbal hop notes.

Taste, toasted malt, pumpernickel, walnut. Hop notes are herbal, light pine. Faint anise and some coffee as well. Some cocoa, dark chocolate overcomes it.

Maybe mid- bodied. Good carbonation, good drinkability.
Browns are what they are, it is tough to be too overwhelmed by one. But this is one of the better brown ales out there.

Nov 25, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: dark brown with some light passing through. Half finger head and lots of lacing.

S: chocolate and light roast malt with some coffee/ espresso notes.

T: lots of coffee throughout this one, more than expected. The sweet chocolate flavor lasts throughout as well and actually overshadows the coffee in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation .

Overall: a very good and very drinkable beer. The chocolate and coffee is more than expected but balanced.

Dec 17, 2011
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jpro from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Coast... Served in a shaker pint -

A: Dark, dark brown; light tan head forms about a quarter inch of foam and leaves no lace.

S: Light roasty notes; chocolate malt; pungent rye is pretty noticeable throughout the sniff(s).

T: Sweet malt with some nice toasty / roasty notes thrown in... Chocolate and light coffee, too; rye doesn't overpower - just adds a nice extra dimension; maybe a tad of smoke on the end.

M: Full bodied and moderate carbonation; rye adds a touch of dryness and complements the earthy / slightly grassy hops present towards the finish; pretty smooth.

D / O: A nice brew, but not one of my favorites from Coast; a very big, bold brown ale, with a lot going on in the aroma and taste departments... A good fall beer, but nothing I'd go to crazy for.

Nov 26, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the source, poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with light brown edges and a khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze and ring. Nose is straight-up coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a touch of roasted hazelnuts and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Taste is quite similar to the nose, mostly milk chocolate and sweet coffee with more roasted malt and nuts. Finish is long-lasting and pleasantly "roasty". Mouthfeel is smooth and quite creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall a superb Brown Ale, glad to finally try this one!

Nov 21, 2011
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fear025 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells a little malty, some smokeyness, some oak aromas. There is also a little tangyness to the aroma.

Appearance:Dark reddish-brown in color. Light tan head that's quite tall with good retention.

Taste:Malty, a little caramel, chocolate, toasted malts, hazelnut.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is one of the better examples of brown ale out there, I really enjoyed it.

Mar 01, 2011
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MayLattimore from North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice head. Smelled like coffee and chocolate with roasted malt. The taste was okay. I don't know what I was expecting to be different. But, I was a bit put off by this. The mouthfeel was very nice however. Overall, I guess I just didn't come away loving this beer. I only had one. But, I'm looking forward to tasting other beers from them.

Jan 28, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained directly from the source. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, caramel, hazelnut, and chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a complex aroma and flavor going on here. The aroma was very nice and the flavor was okay. The flavor was just a little more roasty than I enjoy myself. This is a must try for any fan of the style without doubt.

Dec 28, 2010
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown murky pour, big frothy tan head

Smell: Tons of roasted malts and some burnt coffee and bitter chocolate with rye

Taste: Similar to the above, roasted malts, rye, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. I hate all of them and wasn't a fan. A bit smokey.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, perfect carbonation. COAST excels here.

Drinkability: Big flavors, hard for me to consume much.

Dec 20, 2010
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, courtesy of modernartblues, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A steady pour results in nearly 3 fingers of creamy, frothy light brown head above a body that's such a dark brown that it's barely distinguishable from a stout. Definitely darker than expected for a brown ale, but I'm hoping that's a promise of malty goodness to come. Very inviting.

S: Not a stout, but not that far off: plenty of roasted malt jumps out right away, lending hints of coffee and dark chocolate to a base of rich caramel. I'm not getting much in the way of rye, but otherwise the label's promise of coffee, chocolate, and caramel is spot on (and I didn't read that until after I made my initial observations, I swear!). The coffee is just huge for a brown ale, and I'm loving every bit of it.

T: Big and intense up front, with coffee and chocolate leading the way. After the initial wave of roastiness, smooth crystal malt makes its presence felt, followed by a hint of spicy rye on the tail end. Only the faintest hint of earthy hoppiness shows up on the finish, but together with the roastiness its enough to keep the malt sweetness in check. Overall a very well-integrated set of flavors. Delicious.

M: Smooth light-to-medium body with moderate, unobtrusive carbonation. A little more heft might have been nice, but I'm not really complaining.

D: It's so delicious that I could drink multiple bombers easily, but I have to acknowledge that the substantial roastiness makes it a bit more challenging than your typical brown ale. I prefer stouts and porters to browns in general, so it doesn't bother me in the least. Still, I could see a fan of Newcastle or SN Tumbler being overwhelmed by this one.

Notes: Yet another great beer from COAST. This is only the third one of their brews I've had the pleasure of trying (still sitting on a Blackbeerd), and the first malty one. You never know what to expect from the other side of the spectrum, but it only took one sniff for me to know that Rye Knot was every bit as special in its own way as HopArt and Boy King. Complex without being cloying, smooth without being simple, this is probably the best American Brown Ale I've ever had. Thanks a ton, Eli!

Cheers!

Dec 07, 2010
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modernartblues from Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, tending towards black. Nice coffee looking head that is pretty persistent. Excellent lacing.

S: I get mostly a light dark chocolate aroma and a roastiness that reveals notes of coffee.

T: Excellent. Light notes of coffee and chocolate, that manage to tickle the palate without being overbearing. I usually think brown ales don't taste like much, but in this case the usually muted palate is used to good affect. Either the rye or the hops give a light bitterness at the end that is the metaphorical icing on the cake.

M: COAST excels at creating beers that immensely palatable regardless of their flavor profiles and this is no exception. Smooth light creaminess with just enough roast to keep me interested.

D: Growler #2 please.

Not sure if this a brown ale to style...the use of chocolate malt is far more prevalent in stouts and porters right? but the mouthfeel here is closer to a brown. Rather than debate the style, I'm just gonna say I love this beer and I think many others will too.

Nov 25, 2010
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welldigger888 from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a growler into an irish pub glass.
very ruddy ruby hue, would be opaque if not held to a light.nice tan head that disapates to a thin ring.
a very nice sour rye aroma dominates, yet is not over powering.additional wiffs of a nice malty grain bill and very minamal hops.
I pick up on a black coffee flavor right away that yeilds to a nice hoppy bitter and finishes with a long rye sour mash and unsweet chocolate.WOW!
what might appear to be a stout is not, porter you might ask well no again.the mouthfeel is absolutly of the style, a little thin with a medium carbonation.
This brew has some outstanding flavorful drinkability, seek out and enjoy. Wonderful stuff!

Nov 19, 2010
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jpmclaug from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goes from a growler from Piney Grove Green's into my COAST pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black but when held up to the light provides some ruby notes. Big fluffy tan head sticks around for the ride.

S - Big roasted notes with a nice smattering of hops mixed in. Some chocolate and coffee. In general reminds me more of a porter so far than a brown ale

T - Once again picking up more porter like characteristics. Nice chocolate and coffee notes with a bit of spice provided by the rye. The more I drink the more the rye becomes present. Still this reminds me more of a porter with the rich malty flavors albeit a hopped up one. This is balanced well.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the high end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable. Really tasty beer. If COAST was going to pick another beer to reside in bottles full time next to the IPA and Kolsch this one would be a prime candidate. I like this beer a lot. I wish it was easier to get.

Nov 14, 2010
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 11/6/10

Thanks to PDXHops for the growler; I've enlisted MbpBugeye to help kill it

Very high carbonation; easily pours three fingers of foam - tiny bubbles look like caviar wiggling around. Quite dark in the glass, though when held to the light it has a rusty brown color. The head is slow to dissipate; lacing is pretty good throughout.

The aroma boasts a lot of rye, indeed. Lots of dry, toasted bread notes & a pointed rye spiciness. Mild, cocoa-like sweetness lingers in the back. Earthy hints on the peripheries. The nose is straight-forward & the taste is no different. Bold toasted rye notes. Semi-sweet cocoa nibs offer an tasty balance. Even-keeled spiciness. What more is there to say? This unabashedly rye-centric. Medium body with fairly low carbonation - just a very slight agitation. No surprise, rye lingers long on the finish.

Rye? Rye Knot? Boulevard Rye on Rye is the only other beer I've had that utilizes rye to this level of max. Anyway, this is an easy drinker. Right on, COAST.

Nov 11, 2010
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by ryan011235 via PDXhops.

A- Ryan put it nicely when he said, "This is a puffy sum bitch". We both ended up with quite a lot of sand colored foam. I expected a generous lacing but was disappointed. The beer is mighty dark, but allows roasty shades of auburn and mahogany to peek out.

S- A slight weakness in the nose is a minor let down. I'm getting lots of brown ale style chocolate and grassy/floral hops. A milky creaminess and plenty of rye grain sourness.

T- This tastes pretty good. A creamy chocolatiness kicks things off. Balancing is left up to hops that are mostly grassy with notions of lemon interspersed. This is one of the most rye heavy beers I've had. Loads of toasted sourdough, spicy and sour rye grain. Some dark fruits are at play as well.

M- Quite creamy feeling most of the time. Carbonation dials its self down over the course of the glass. The finish has a slightly odd slickness to it.

D- In all this is a pretty good beer, but not one that I would usually find myself drinking.

Nov 07, 2010
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PDXHops from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler/Duvel tulip. Pours out what barely qualifies as brown, and is rather close to black at first glance. Mahogany brown highlights reveal themselves when held up to light. poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice frothy and long-lasting beige head, plentiful lacing.

Nose at first screams 'hoppy porter'. Huge roasted and burnt malt aromas up front, very dry and fresh. Subsequent sniffs as it warms reveal singed wood and rye in no short supply.

Huge rye flavors, absolutely the most I've tasted in a beer. It works quite well with the burnt malts. A hint of smokiness seems to come and go at times. Exceedingly dry, with just a modest amount of semisweet chocolate. Long burnt malt and rye finish. Palate fatigue became an issue... about halfway through my 4th pint. So yeah, drinkability's pretty good. Damned tasty, very distinctive.

Overall impression: Maybe this should have been classified as a rye ale? Not sure I go along with the designation as an American Brown. Then again, this style doesn't seem to have much in the way of strict guidelines. Regardless of labels, another winner from COAST. Tasty, challenging, easily recommended.

Nov 01, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade with raverjames. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger beige head that quickly fades into a thin ring.

Roasted sweet chocolate malt aroma with touches of coffee, toffee, caramel, oatmeal and toast. The bittersweet dark chocolate notes are very prominent and the roastiness is subtle enough to not overpower the other scents. Slightly smokey with minimal earthy hops.

Roasty medium chocolate malt body that is a little thinner than I hoped with plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, along with hints of hazelnut, rye, burnt toast, roasted coffee bean and toffee. The roasted malt presence is much more prominent than he aroma suggests slightly overpowering the silky chewy chocolate malt. Subtle rye sweetness and a dry finish.

Dec 29, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to JISurfer.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a tiny light tan head and uneven lacing.

Scent of fairly strong roasted malts, coffee, caramel, spicy hops, rye, and sweet milk chocolate. Very similar to a Porter, reminds me of Founders Porter with a nice bite of rye.

Taste of spicy hops, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, rye, and coffee. Starts off with bitter roasted malts and coffee and finishes with a sweet hoppy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong bite, a little overbearing, but pleasant.

Dec 04, 2009
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange on Nov 3 of this year. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a fluffy cashmere head.

Aroma is bready and slightly chocolatey. A touch of metallic coffee as well. Toasty with the slightest bit or roast character as well. Smells nice.

Really nice flavor. Chocolatey with a nice toast character. I am not sure if I taste any rye but I certainly get a spit of spiciness that is typical in rye beers. Quite earthy and musty with earthy hoppiness. Coffee begins to emerge and makes its presence known as the beer warms.

A liked this one a lot. The spiciness really makes this an interesting brown ale that I am able to drink and drink lots of. COAST puts out awesome beers and this is just another one of those class act beers from the Charleston brewery.

Dec 02, 2009
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glid02 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by pghlee - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of roasted and toasted malts with good amounts of milk chocolate. There's not as much rye in the nose as I was expecting.

Tastes very good. Equal parts roasted and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the rye spiciness kicks in and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better brown ales I remember having although one could argue it's a hybrid with a stout or a porter. Either way, it's a delicious beer and one that's well worth a shot.

Nov 25, 2009
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grayburn from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice local example of a brown ale, noticably spiced up from the rye. A dark brown pour with minimal head, a bit too cold from the tap, but gets much better as it warms up.

The nose is quite subdued, but the flavor is far from it. A very nice brown ale complimented by the peppery rye quite well. The mouth is nice and thick, finishing nicely dry which makes this very drinkable.

Nov 23, 2009
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